Queen Mary to get $1 million more in repairs ahead of reopening in Long Beach
After more than three months of public outcry, the Long Beach pier and park will get a multimillion dollar, three year, $100,000 dollar reprieve, thanks to a newly proposed $1 million repair program by the city.
Mayor Bob Foster and the City Council agreed to the program on Tuesday and it’s now going to go before the Long Beach City Council. Once the council approves all the parts of the program, the $1 million dollars will go out the door and the repairs could be completed in June 2021.
The $1 million dollar repair program approved by the Long Beach City Council in the City of Long Beach’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting Tuesday, March 1, 2019. (Photo11: Nicole Ferrara)
“We are confident that this is the best plan to fully repair these structures and to save taxpayers over $1 million dollars,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “We need to focus on safety and education. The pier and park are not safe and it is an eyesore to visitors and locals alike.”
Long Beach City Councilmember John McClelland Jr. said the funding provides stability for the pier and the park and will allow the Long Beach Pier and Park to come back “as soon as possible.”
City officials have been trying to repair the pier for years to the point where it was shut down in 2019, but after more than three months of public outcry, the Long Beach City Council approved a $1 million dollar repair program on Tuesday. The program would provide stability for the pier and park by allowing them to return back to their previous status as a pier and park and include a series of repairs to the pier.
“We’ve all been very vocal and very emotional about it. They’ve been great with answers,” said a resident to KNLA’s Jeff Weber after the Tuesday night vote by the City Council, “but the people I spoke with said we needed to get the council to make a change now.”
The first phase of the repairs will include removing the concrete pier slab from the pier, removing